The terms laser therapy and light therapy are sometimes used interchangeably, but this is not correct. Laser and light therapy work differently, and one of the most effective and well-known light therapies is IPL. Also known as intense pulsed light therapy, IPL uses light to treat spots, wrinkles, and even unwanted hair. Unlike a laser that focuses a single wavelength of light, IPL releases light in various wavelengths similar to a photoflash. The light in IPL therapy is more scattered and penetrates to the second layer of skin without hurting the top layer. Pigments absorb the light and get destroyed after converting the light to heat.
Both laser skin resurfacing and light therapy can be used with other treatments for optimal results. Some of the most popular procedures to pair with these treatments include injectables like dermal fillers and Botox and aesthetic services such as chemical peels. More aggressive procedures, such as a facelift, can also be paired with laser skin resurfacing and light therapy. Surgical procedures usually remove excess skin and tighten the target area, but do not improve the quality of the skin itself—and that is where laser skin resurfacing at Spectrum Plastic Surgery can maximize results.